It didn’t take long after landing at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport for passionate opinions to be shared with our UWEE team traveling all over a divided Wisconsin ahead of this Tuesday’s explosive governor recall election.
MILWAUKEE — No sooner had I stepped aboard Bill Brewer’s shuttle bus than the friendly driver with the warm smile asked where I’d flown into Milwaukee from and whether I thought it was time for Gov. Scott Walker to “go home.”
Caught off guard by a welcome other than “Hey, how you doing?,” I collected my thoughts and asked if Walker had a chance to survive the June 5 recall election.
“I sure hope not. If he does, God help us,” said Brewer, a longtime Local 200 food worker so thoroughly disgusted with Wisconsin’s embattled governor that he never utters Walker’s name. “What he’s doing to this state and our unions will take years to fix.”
About to ask how adversely his life had been turned upside down, Brewer was bursting at the seams to tell me without even waiting for my question.
“I started driving this [bus] because I love it. I enjoy meeting folks,” he said. “Now I do it because I don’t know what tomorrow’s going to bring.”
There’s no time to wait for the next election, he said less softly. “Not with all these jobs [at stake] and all these people hurting.”